Cancellation of soccer event shocks Costa Rican officials

The big sports news Thursday was the decision by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association to cancel the world champion soccer competition for women players younger than 17.

The junior world cup event was scheduled for Costa Rica next year, but the international soccer organization expressed concern at the state of infrastructure to handle the games.

News of the decision drew a response from the Cámera Nacional de Turismo, which lamented the loss of visitors. It said the news came like a bucket of cold water and that it was hoping that the event would showcase Costa Rica as a tourism destination.

Governmental officials are blaming the local soccer federation

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